Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Posted April 24, 2013 by Stephanie in 5 Star Review, Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess, Review, Reviewed in 2013, The Infernal Devices, Young Adult / 7 Comments

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Publication: March 19th 2013 by Walker

Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
Format: Paperback568 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overal Rating: 5/5


Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My tears are barely dried after finishing Clockwork Princess before I’m starting to write this review. I simply cannot wait any longer!
The Infernal Devices was right from the start with Clockwork Angel one of my favorite book series. I even like it more than The Mortal Instruments. And now that I have finally read Clockwork Princess, finally because it took me SO long to get my hands on it, I can’t help but feel like bowing down to Cassandra Clare’s awesomeness. She’s an amazing writer. I just love her!

I knew, I just knew this book was going to break my heart. Not many books have the ability to do so but Clockwork Princess did. Everyone around me, who had read it already told me as much so I tried preparing myself for it and failed so hard. It was more heartbreaking than ANYTHING I have read thus far. And yes, that’s uncluding Sever by Lauren DeStefano where I was almost sobbing from the pain. Anyway… it is heartbreaking, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad book, not at all. It’s one of the most incredible books I have read yet. Definitely in my all-time top 5. 

As always Cassandra’s writing was excellent. I love the way she describes everything from a room, to people to feelings. She even made me cry. I’d forgotten why I love her books so much. It has been a while since I was in the Shadowhunter world and how I missed it! Everything about it always draws me in like almost no other book has the power to.

I love all the characters. Will, Jem, Tessa, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Gabriel, Gideon, Magnus, Cecily… They have been amazing to read about. And, gosh, all the things I know now. Especially with seeing the family tree at the end of the book. Fantastic! 
I must say I didn’t expect to like Cecily as much as I did. She reminds me so much of Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments. I’m not sure if that just me or if there are other people feeling the same way but I definitely got an Isabelle feel to her. Which was awesome! I also adore Gabriel when he’s with her. Oh, Gabriel, how much he’s changed. He went through a lot in this book too. They all did, really. 
And… Will and Jem. Jem and Will. I love them both so much. I cared for them. I cried for them. They will always be in my heart. *starts sobbing again*
I need to do a big shout out for Magnus. He was in my eyes a huge part of this book and we learn so much more about him and The Mortal Instruments series (even about Church)! and so much more. He’s one of my favorite characters ever, if not THE favorite and I simply can’t wait to read his Bane Chronicles. 

You know how they call Harry, Ron and Hermione the golden trio in Harry Potter? Well, Will, Jem and Tessa are my golden trio from The Infernal Devices. They all love each other so much and when the heartbreaking things were happening I felt so for them all. They’re amazing characters and I’m so sad to see them go. (Unless some of them will appear in The Mortel Instruments?!)
The whole plot with Mortmain and the shit hitting the fan was awesome. I love action in a book and besides all the personal drama in pretty much everyone’s lives in Clockwork Princess, there was also the danger of the magister and his infernal devices. I do love how he finally revealed what Tessa really was and how everything around her came to be. 

I can’t express enough how freaking tough this book is for the heart. Sometimes I just wanted to curl up and die but I had to keep reading on. A lot of unexpected twists and “No! This can’t be!” moments didn’t prepare me for that last chapter and epilogue. So sad, but I do feel like it was really needed. That end! Oh my god! Some of you may know that I absolutely hate epilogues because they make my heart ache. But I loved this one. It was so beautiful and I couldn’t believe what was happening in them. SO MUCH FEELS!

With all these emotions running through me still, I have probably many more thoughts that I can’t simply put in this review. I feel like I should say so much more but there isn’t a way I can. 
Clockwork Princess was a beautiful book. The book was awfully tough to read for my heart, which kept aching for Will, Jem and all the others. The book was exciting, romantic, more amazing than I could’ve hoped for. So thank you, Cassandra Clare, thank you so much for The Infernal Devices series, they have made me really happy to have been able to read them.
A very deserved 5 star read! <3

“Unfortunately, you may have to delay your plans for sororicide a bit longer. Gabriel Lightwood is downstairs, and I have two words for you. Two of your favorte words, at least when you put them together.
“‘Utter simpleton’?” inquired Will. “‘Worthless upstart’?”
Jem grinned. “‘Demon pox,”‘ he said.”

Tessa touched his wrist lightly with her hand. “Be brave,” she said. “It’s not a duck, is it?”

“True love cannot die,'” Will said, translating the inscription on the back in the light from the corridor. “I can’t wear this, Magnus. It’s too pretty for a man.”
“So are you. Go home and clean yourself up. I will call upon you as soon as I have information.” He looked at Will keenly. “In the meantime do your best to be worthy of my assistance.”

“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”

“It was like I saw your soul in the notes of the music. And it was beautiful.” She leaned forward and touched his face lightly, the smooth skin over his hard cheekbone, his hair like feathers against the back of her hand. “I saw rivers, boats like flowers, all the colors of the night sky.”

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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7 responses to “Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

  1. What a perfect review, Steph! Loved the shit hitting the fan bit and I also adore the gifs…shows the exact feels while reading Clockwork Princess.

  2. FYI – my facebook account was messed up it has taken me all day to straighten this out I am sorry if I entered contests with it on your site, I have a new accoutn now and will use from now on.. sorry if this causes problems

  3. I seriously need to get into this series ASAP. Seeing all the rave reviews for the final installment has motivated me and I want to start NOW hehe! Glad you loved this one as much as you did – nothing better than when a beloved series ends on a high note 😀 Thanks for sharing!!

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